November 7, 2012 14:55

Alt-J see huge sales increase after Mercury win

Sales of 'An Awesome Wave' have increased by over 400 per cent

Alt-J see huge sales increase after Mercury win

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Alt-J have seen a surge in sales of their debut album 'An Awesome Wave' following their Mercury Music Prize win.

Sales of the LP were up 411 per cent in the eight-week period from the nominations announcement to last week's ceremony, with the record selling almost 46,000 copies since its nomination in September 2012, according to figures from the BPI.

The week the prize was announced, the band gained their highest chart position to date since its release in May 2012 – with the album jumping 13 places in the Official Albums Chart from Number 27 to 14.

Fellow Mercury nominees Django Django saw a 221 per cent lift in sales with their self-titled debut, while sales of soul singer Michael Kiwanuka's debut 'Home Again' were up 125 per cent.

Other shortlisted albums from Plan B, Richard Hawley, Roller Trio, Lianne La Havas, Ben Howard, Field Music, Sam Lee, The Maccabees and Jessie Ware all saw sales rise in the wake of last week's award show.

Last year, PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake' saw a sales hike of 800 per cent after her second Mercury win, as the album rose up the Official Albums Chart from Number 181 to 24, the highest jump in the 20-year history of the show.

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